Climate Central Report – Sewage Overflows From Hurricane Sandy
Sewage Overflows From Hurricane Sandy. Alyson Kenward, PhD, Daniel Yawitz, Urooj Raja.
“Six months after Sandy, data from the eight hardest hit states shows that 11 billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage flowed into rivers, bays, canals, and in some cases, city streets, largely as a result of record storm-surge flooding that swamped the regions major sewage treatment facilities. To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New Yorks Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm.”